It has been quite a 12-months for Australian poker pro Robert Campbell. He cashed 13 times at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and WSOP, including two bracelets. He won the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year award, albeit after a mix-up. Now he is the new ambassador for cryptocurrency online poker site CoinPoker.

It is fair to say Melbourne’s Campbell was a relative unknown in the live poker tournament world. He enjoyed seven in-the-money finishes at the Crown Casino Melbourne between 2007-2013, but he never set the world alight.

That changed in 2019 when Campbell went on the heater of a lifetime. He registered 13 cashes at the WSOP in Las Vegas and WSOP-E in Rozvadoz, Czech Republic. Two of those cashes awarded coveted WSOP bracelets, one in the $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw. The other in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship.

Campbell’s incredible results saw him crowned the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year. Canadian superstar Daniel Negreanu thought he’d won the POY gong, but a clerical error put paid to those ideas. Campbell remained humble and a gentleman throughout the mix-up, showing his professionalism to the max.

Cryptocurrency Site CoinPoker Snaps Up Campbell

CoinPoker is the largest cryptocurrency online poker site in the world. It doesn’t accept cash in any form, but happily processes cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.

The site launched in late 2017 and already features ambassadors Antanas “Tony G” Guoga and Isabelle Mercier. Both Guoga and Mercier also represent Guoga’s TonyBet online poker site.

Players play with a currency called CoinPoker (CHP), a cryptocurrency token operating on the Ethereum platform. Payments are processed instantly and there are no banks involved. This makes it an attractive proposition for online poker players living in countries were online gaming is prohibited.

Campbell, who was a stand-up comedian before switching to poker, is also the CEO of an eSports team. Neon Sports is a Dota2 gaming team, which has also tied up with the cryptocurrency site CoinPoker.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Tony G and Isabelle Mercier on the CoinPoker roster. I feel it is a good fit. I’m a big fan of the old school entertaining TV shows and mixed games as well as being heavily involved in the eSports space.”

Campbell continued: “CoinPoker.com is an attractive proposition which makes poker accessible, transparent and decentralized and it is exciting that it allows you to play with the cryptocurrency BTC, ETH, or CHP. CoinPoker is not fully decentralized, only the RNG is. Players can impact the shuffle and verify it’s all fair. I’m also excited about the marketing crossover opportunities between CoinPoker.com and Neon Esports.”

Tony G Welcomes Campbell to CoinPoker

Guoga is delighted to have Campbell on his team and looks forward to watching the partnership blossom.

“I always say you get what you deserve and this is what happened with Rob,” said Tony G. “If you win the WSOP Player of the Year you should get a sponsorship deal and it is brilliant to have him on board. CoinPoker.com is a revolutionary platform and we trust Rob’s expertise will help us to continue delivering new developments for our community.”

What Is Cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency is a digital asset that works as a medium of exchange, much like cash. It is completely decentralised meaning there is no bank involvement. This also means users of cryptocurrency can and do remain anonymous.

Bitcoin is the most popular cryptocurrency and also the first major currency of its type. More than 6,000 alternatives have sprung up since Bitcoin’s 2009 launch, although none are as valuable.

Some people spend all day “mining” cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin. This is allowing their computers to figure out massively complex calculations in return for fractions of the cryptocurrency. The process uses immense power with a July 2019 estimate of Bicoin mining using 7 gigawatts of electricity per year. That’s the equivalent of the power the entire country of Switzerland uses annually!

Bitcoin’s price fluctuates wildly based on a number of factors. One Bitcoin was worth A$1,350 three years ago. This increased to a staggering A$25,709 10-months later. It then fell to A$4,700 a year later and is trading at A$14,850 today.

Several Australian online casinos accept cryptocurrency as a banking method. Bitcoin is still the most popular and most frequently used. Check out our honest casino reviews to see where you can spend your cryptocurrency.